ATLANTIC CITY — Top executives, government officials and Wall Street analysts will discuss the hottest topics in the casino industry during the East Coast Gaming Congress beginning Wednesday at Revel.
Internet gambling, sports betting and the latest trends in tourism will be debated during panel discussions and individual presentations by casino CEOs at the two-day event.
Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno will deliver keynote remarks Thursday. She is stepping in for Gov. Chris Christie, who canceled his appearance due to a scheduling conflict, conference organizers said.
Following is the agenda for the East Coast Gaming Congress at Revel:
- 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ATLANTIC CITY HOSPITALITY TRADESHOW Presented by Atlantic City Hotel & Lodging Association and Greater Atlantic City Chamber
- 2 p.m. KEYNOTE PRESENTATION Liza Cartmell, CEO of the Atlantic City Alliance
- 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. TOURISM IN A GAMING MARKET
From Uncasville to Atlantic City to Biloxi, cities are seeking to capitalize on their casino visitor volume to boost nongaming tourism. What are the unique challenges of attracting tourism in a gaming market? Do the nongaming attractions compete with casinos or complement them? In this session, experts from across the spectrum discuss the challenges, opportunities and trends of balancing tourism and gaming in light of existing statutes and regulatory controls in the various jurisdictions.
Moderator: Tom O’Donnell, senior associate, Spectrum Gaming Group
Speakers: Andy Dolce, chairman of Dolce Hotels and Resorts; Linda Kassekert, chair of the New Jersey Casino Control Commission; George H. Ladyman Jr., managing director of Jones Lang LaSalle; and Steve Bello, manager/director of Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club
- 3:50 to 4:50 p.m. IT’S NOT ABOUT THE SLOT MACHINES
As gaming proliferates throughout the country, patrons — notably those who spend the night — are increasingly considering options beyond the casino floor in deciding where to play and stay. The presence of a Mediterranean seafood restaurant, a spa with aroma therapy, or dance-till-dawn nightclub can make all the difference. Experts discuss which nongaming amenities work in a casino hotel environment, the benefits and/or challenges of servicing casino patrons and the latest trends.
Moderator: Jeffrey Vasser, executive director, Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority
Speakers: Chuck Bragitikos, president Vibrant Development Group; Annbeth Eschbach, CEO of Exhale Enterprises Inc.; Curt Huegel, founder and principal of LDV Hospitality; Neil Moffitt, CEO of Angel Management Group; and Robert Wiedmaier, chef and restaurateur of Marcel’s, Brassier Beck, BRABO and Revel Mussel Bar
- 6 to 8 pm COCKTAIL RECEPTION
Sponsored by Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority
- 8:15 to 8:20 a.m. WELCOME
Lorenzo Langford, mayor of Atlantic City
- 8:20 to 8:30 a.m. OPENING REMARKS
Introduction: Thomas Sykes, partner SOSH Architects
State Sen. James Whelan, D-Atlantic
- 8:30 to 9:20 a.m. OPERATING IN THE MID-ATLANTIC: HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH?
There are 27 casinos within 150 miles of Philadelphia, including at least one planned or contemplated in each of the major markets of Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York. Atlantic City remains by far the largest gaming market in the East, but it has been experiencing deep revenue declines. In this panel, casino operators from throughout the region discuss the competitive challenges, the operational practices, public policy and other factors impacting this $7.5 billion-and-growing market.
Moderator: John Palmieri, executive director of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority
Speakers: David Cordish, chairman the Cordish Co.; William Fasy, CEO of Delaware Park; Don Marrandino, president of Eastern Division of Caesars Entertainment; Tony Rodio, president and CEO of Tropicana Entertainment Inc.; and Jay Snowden, senior vice president of Penn National Gaming
- 9:20 to 9:40 a.m. CEO PRESENTATION I
Timothy J. Wilmott, president and chief operating officer of Penn National Gaming
- 9:40 to 10 a.m. CEO PRESENTATION II
Scott Butera, president and chief operating officer of Mashantucket Pequot Gaming Enterprise
- 10:20 to 10:40 a.m. CEO PRESENTATION III
Virginia McDowell, president and CEO of Isle of Capri Casinos
- 10:40 to 11 a.m. CEO PRESENTATION IV
Mitchell Etess, president and CEO of Mohegan Sun
- 11 to 11:50 a.m. WALL STREET SAYS…
Gaming is expanding at a breakneck pace in the East, with casino-style gaming already active, being expanded or considered for legalization in all but three eastern states. Where are the most attractive new markets? Which jurisdictions will suffer from the expansion? Are the financial markets open for new casinos? Join five of the most respected Wall Street analysts for a wide-ranging discussion in this provocative and informative panel.
Moderator: Joseph Weinert, senior vice president of Spectrum Gaming Group
Speakers: Brian Egger, managing director of Topeka Capital Markets; John Kempf, managing director of RBC Capital Markets; Andrew Zarnett, managing director of Deutsche Bank Securities; Joel Simkins, director of Credit Suisse; and John Maxwell, managing director of Jefferies & Co.
- Noon to 1:20 p.m. KEYNOTE LUNCHEON
Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno
- 1:30 to 1:45 p.m. REGULATORY UPDATE
David Rebuck, director of New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement
- 1:45 to 2 p.m. REGULATORY UPDATE
William Ryan, chairman of Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
- 2 to 2:20 p.m. CEO PRESENTATION V
Gary Loveman, president and CEO of Caesars Entertainment
- 2:20 to 3:15 p.m. UNDERSTANDING THE i-GAMING FRENZY
In the wake of the U.S. Department of Justice ruling late last year, gaming companies — both domestic and international — and some states are accelerating plans to provide Internet gambling the moment it is deemed legal. Online gaming could forever change the gaming-industry dynamic, as state lotteries prepare to offer their products via the Internet and free-play social networking gaming sites such as Zynga are preparing to become bona fide gambling companies by converting to real-money play. Our panel of experts will provide their insights on the potential, the expectations and the realities of Internet gambling.
Moderator: Lloyd D. Levenson, CEO of Cooper Levenson Attorneys at Law
Speakers: Richard D. Bronson, chairman of US Digital Gaming; David Clifton, partner with Joelson Wilson LLP London; Eugene Johnson, senior associate of Spectrum Gaming; state Sen. Raymond J. Lesniak, D-Union; Michael Rumbolz, board member of Seminole Hard Rock Holdings LLC; William Scott, vice president of GTech G2; and Eamonn Toland, president of Paddy Power North America
- 3:35 to 3:55 p.m. CEO PRESENTATION VI
Robert Griffin, CEO Trump Entertainment Resorts
- 3:55 to 4:15 p.m. CEO PRESENTATION VII
Kevin DeSanctis, CEO Revel
- 4:15 p.m. CONCLUDING REMARKS
Lloyd D. Levenson, CEO of Cooper Levenson Attorneys at Law Michael J. Pollock, managing director, Spectrum Gaming Group